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Need 15 inch, I5, battery north of 6/7 hours, under $1k, good sound

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August 11, 2011 7:05:22 PM

ded. graphix card not nec.

gt or eq 4 gb ram

minimal flex and well defined KB - chiclet best.

ruled out a great laptop, asus u56e bbl5 since the sound virtually did not exist (sound at max was virtually unhearable unless you were in the quietest room in the world)

so basically I want the asus U56e-BBL5 with good speakers


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August 11, 2011 7:16:48 PM

Hello idic5;

Sounds (heh) like you want one of the home entertainment variety of notebooks.
In the Asus world that's the N series: ASUS N53 Series N53SN-XV1 15" laptop $900
Core i5 2410M(2.30GHz) 4GB RAM 640GB HDD 5400rpm 15.6" 1920x1080 LCD w/ NVIDIA GeForce GT 550M.

Let me look for some other models in the N series.
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August 11, 2011 7:32:49 PM

Or maybe the about to be released Asus N55SF

Actual pricing isn't available yet - looks like it could right at the top of your budget range.
Asus' N55SF Multimedia Notebook Gets Listed in Europe
It also has a poweful gaming graphics card installed.

I haven't found any alternate N53 models with a milder graphics card yet, either.
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August 11, 2011 8:29:16 PM

thanks for the looksees. less gpu is fine. I need more battery. the asus's you referred me to were 6 cell animals. The realgood U series that I mentioned above has a whopping 74 watt hour battery . I'd like that kind of battery with some speakers that can actually be audible. the dell 15 hasa 56 watt hr battery. not even close. dell improved on the 15 w/ the 15z , taking a page out of the mbp design with a built in battery (bad for me), but the KB was not that good. and the price was kinda high at 900. this is close, however.

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August 11, 2011 8:40:24 PM

Dell has the optional larger battery you probably want. The 15z speakers are a downgrade, needed to fit in the slim case, I do believe.
August 11, 2011 10:05:14 PM

i really appreciate your links.

I am trying to wade thru the plethora of xps 15 's out there. there is the I5 that came before the 15z. I just discovered a 15L which seems to be a I7, which is too much power for me


here is the battery I'd want that wd satisfy my cordless req. a whopping 90 watthrs

http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c...

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August 11, 2011 10:24:09 PM

I bet you could find a coupon or bundle to knock off a good chunk of that extra battery cost.
August 11, 2011 11:19:30 PM

where might one find such a coupon or bundle?
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August 11, 2011 11:47:59 PM

This one might apply even though it's the Small Business section:
Save 20% off select Laptop & Desktop Accessories at Dell Small Business with Dell Coupon W2BQ$LCJSH11CN [Exp. 09/01]
The battery is a laptop accessory and they sell the XPS version in the Small Biz section as well.
August 18, 2011 11:59:01 PM

WR2 said:
This one might apply even though it's the Small Business section:
Save 20% off select Laptop & Desktop Accessories at Dell Small Business with Dell Coupon W2BQ$LCJSH11CN [Exp. 09/01]
The battery is a laptop accessory and they sell the XPS version in the Small Biz section as well.



thanks wr2, for your good tips
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August 19, 2011 12:45:45 AM

You want an i5 with more than 6 hours of battery life? Are you joking? That's like asking for a Mustang that gets 50mpg. AMD's Llano-based laptops far outlast Intel's SB-based laptops and only barely can do 8 hours, and even then, that's completely at idle! Even the Intel i3 can't do that. Time to change your desires. It's either the battery life you want which means an AMD A-series (Llano) APU or a MacBook or you can proudly declare to anyone who will listen (or even care) just how cool you are to have an i5. Good luck! :sol: 
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August 19, 2011 1:33:22 AM

Avro Arrow said:
You want an i5 with more than 6 hours of battery life? Are you joking? That's like asking for a Mustang that gets 50mpg.
Some other options:
Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830TG-6431 Review
Core i5-2410M & GT 540M graphics tested @ 6 hours and 58min on it's own with it's standard 6cell 66 Wh battery.

Dell Latitude E6420 Review
Core i5-2540M & Intel HD Graphics 3000 tested @ 8 hours and 59 min with optional 9 cell battery.

August 19, 2011 9:16:52 AM

Ok. I would never prefer Acer or HP!!

As i have always experienced overheating with the two at some point.


I've recently purchased this one for myself and it works like a charm!

http://www.systo.co.uk/thinkpad-edge-e520-nz33luk.html

Specs:
Features : Lenovo ThinkPad Edge E520 Notebook
Intel Core i5 (2410M) Processor 2.3GHz with 3MB L3 Cache
4GB (1333MHz) DDR3 memory
500GB (5400RPM) Hard Drive
15.6 inch WXGA (1366 x 768) HD AntiGlare Display
DVD Recordable (Dual Layer) - DVD±RW (Dual ±R)
Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
Intel HD Graphics
Integrated gigabit ethernet
Intel 1000 BGN (1x2) wireless
Bluetooth enabled
One year warranty
Battery : Lithium-Ion
Bluetooth : Yes
Camera Features : 720p HD low light-sensitive webcam
Case Colour : Black
Chipset Manufacturer : Intel
CPU Bus Speed : 1333 MHz
CPU Family : Intel Core i5
CPU Speed : 2.3 GHz
Electrical Voltage : 100 to 240 VAC
eSATA Port : 1 x eSATA/USB Combo
Form Factor : Notebook
Graphics Device : Intel HD
Hard Disk Size : 500 GB
Hard Disk Speed : 5400 RPM
HDMI Port : 1 x HDMI
Headphone/Audio Line Out : 1 x Combo Stereo Headphone/Microphone Jack
Height : 3.3 cm
Keyboard : Spill-resistant keyboard with a numeric keypad
L3 Cache : 3 MB
Marketing : ThinkPad Edge E520 - the slimmed down laptop. It is 13 percent thinner than previous generations - wrapped in a refined, soft matte finish and reinforced with sturdy metal hinges. The full-size keyboard and numeric keypad allows comfortable numeric and text data entry. Multitouch touchpad would be large enough for the most comfortable typing and data-entry experience possible.
Maximum RAM : 8192 MB
Memory Bus Speed : 1333 MHz
Memory Size : 4096 MB
Memory Type : DDR3
Model Name : 11433LG
MultiMedia Card : Supported
Network Card Data Link Protocol : Ethernet
Network Card Speeds : 10/100/1000 MBps
Number of Hard Disks : 1
Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Optical Drive Type : DVD±RW DL
Pointing Device : Multitouch touchpad
Primary Battery Cells : 6 Cells
Processor Number : 2410M
Removable Flash Memory Media : 4-in-1 Card Reader
RF Network Standard : IEEE 802.11
RF Standard : b/g/n
RJ-45 Ports : 1 x RJ-45
Screen Res. Type : WXGA
Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768 Pixels
Screen Size : 15.6 in
Screen Type : Anti-Glare
Secure Digital : Supported
Sony Memory Stick : Supported: Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro
Speaker Type : Integrated
Total Hard Disk Size : 500 GB
USB Ports : 3 x USB
VGA Port : 1 x 15-pin HD D-sub
Warranty : One year.
Webcam : Integrated
Weight : 2.4 kg
Width : 37.5 cm
Wireless System : Intel WiFi Link 1000

Hope this helps!!
August 29, 2011 1:57:46 AM

Avro Arrow said:
You want an i5 with more than 6 hours of battery life? Are you joking? That's like asking for a Mustang that gets 50mpg. AMD's Llano-based laptops far outlast Intel's SB-based laptops and only barely can do 8 hours, and even then, that's completely at idle! Even the Intel i3 can't do that. Time to change your desires. It's either the battery life you want which means an AMD A-series (Llano) APU or a MacBook or you can proudly declare to anyone who will listen (or even care) just how cool you are to have an i5. Good luck! :sol: 



looking for some competition to the following, which had speakers that harldy audible with room sounds going on...

asus bbl5 = i5 , 15 inch, 8 hrs batt life

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388309,00.asp

the dell 15z is also an i5 w/ batt life north of 6 hrs.
August 29, 2011 2:01:38 AM

WR2 said:
Some other options:
Acer Aspire TimelineX 3830TG-6431 Review
Core i5-2410M & GT 540M graphics tested @ 6 hours and 58min on it's own with it's standard 6cell 66 Wh battery.

Dell Latitude E6420 Review
Core i5-2540M & Intel HD Graphics 3000 tested @ 8 hours and 59 min with optional 9 cell battery.


the acer is a 13 incher

the dell is a 14 incher

but good response to the mustang poster. I was even asking for more with a 15.6 inch monitor!
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